Mr. Andi Schubert

Senior Lecturer in English

Department of Language Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Contact:

Colombo, Department of Language Studies, OUSL

Office: 112881056, Ext: 556

Email: sasch@ou.ac.lk


As a teacher, I contribute to the BA (Hons) in English and English Language Teaching and the Diploma in English and English Literature programmes offered by the Department of Language Studies. In these programmes, I teach courses on academic reading, literature, literature pedagogy, cultural studies and research methodology. I am also currently a visiting lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya and at the Postgraduate Institute of English (PGIE). I value interaction and dialogue in learning in the hope that it leads to a deeper understanding of the ways in which we encounter the world(s) around us.

As a researcher, I am drawn to generative questions and the problem spaces that define them. Methodologically, I am interested in exploring the possibilities and limits of applying the tools of Literary Studies to questions that have more traditionally found a home in Political Science, History, or Sociology. In this vein, my recent work examines histories of language studies in higher education and census categorizations. I am currently working on projects that explore the interstices of history and literary studies with a specific focus on temporalities and identifications.

 

Area of Specification:

Academic Reading, Literary & Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Research Methodologies, English Literature Pedagogy

Research Intrests:

Ceylon/ Sri Lanka, Identities and Identifications, Temporalities, Popular Culture, Politics and Society, Histories, Critical Theories

Affiliations:

Social Scientists’ Association

American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

Programmes Coordination:

Diploma in English Language & Literature (Level 3)

Awards:
  • Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Sri Lanka (2014-2016).
  • The Earle R. Davis Scholarship for the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Scholar in the M.A. Program in English, Department of English, Kansas State University, USA (2015).
  • The Cultural Studies Essay Award. Department of English, Kansas State University, USA (2016).
  • Arts & Sciences Student Research Travel Award, Kansas State University, USA (2015).
  • Graduate Student Council Travel Award, Kansas State University, USA (2014).
Researches:

Research (Selected):

  • MA Thesis (Pass with Distinction): A Genealogy of an Ethnocratic Present: Rethinking Ethnicity after Sri Lanka’s Civil War, Department of English, Kansas State University, (2016).
  • Researcher, Study on Corruption and Vulnerability in Accessing Local Authority Services for Transparency International Sri Lanka, Social Scientists’ Association, 2017
  • Researcher, Qualitative Study on Community-Police Relationships for The Asia Foundation, Social Scientists’ Association, 2017.
  • Researcher, Study of State of Democracy and Governance in Sri Lanka, Social Scientists’ Association (2013-2014).
  • Researcher, CARE International Baseline Survey on the Plantation Community, Social Scientists’ Association (2013).
  • Researcher, State of Democracy in Sri Lanka focusing on Minorities, Social Scientists’ Association (2013).
  • Sri Lankan Conversations: Challenges, Opportunities and Aspirations of Youth in Post-War Sri Lanka – International Alert (Jan.-April 2011 & Nov. 2011- Feb. 2012).
  • Youth, Violence, Conflict and Peace Building in Sri Lanka: A Short Background Paper for the Commonwealth Youth Program, Asia Centre, (2010).
Publications:
  • Schubert, A. (2020). “A Manifesto for the Past: The Past Conditional Temporalities of Language Studies”. Vistas, 13(2), 68-94
  • Schubert, A. & Dhanushka, S. (2020), “Landscapes of Crossed Lines: Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite”, Polity 8(1 & 2), pp.77-82
  • Schubert, A. (2020). “The Troubling Authenticity of Charulatha Abeysekera Thewarathanthri’s Stories”. In H. Rambukwella, K. Fedricks, & P. Kariyawasam (Eds.), Sahitya: Special Volume 2020. Battaramulla: Department of Cultural Affairs.
  • Schubert, A. (2019). “Sahabhagithwayai Wadagath”: Social Media Memes in the Wake of a Political Crisis”. In Changing World, Challenging Boundaries: New Frontiers of Creative Arts and Humanities – Proceedings of the 1st International Research Symposium of the UVPA, Colombo, 2018 (Chinthaka Prageeth Meddegoda (ed.)). Colombo: University of Visual & Performing Arts, pp.29-44
  • Schubert, A. & Gunasekera, V. (2017), “A Practice of (in)Discipline: A Farewell Conversation with Vijay Nagaraj”, LST Review, 28(344), pp.45-51.
  • Schubert, A. (2017), “Re-Assessing Maya’s Queer Politics: A Response to Ibrahim & Kuru-Utumpala”, LST Review. 27(344), pp.49-52.
  • Schubert, A. (2016). “The Death Penalty Debate through Newspaper Cartoons”, State of Human Rights 2015. Colombo: Law & Society Trust, pp. 93-136.
  • Schubert, A. (2016). “Warriors and Fathers: War, Visual Culture, and the Complexities of Constructing Masculinities after the End of Sri Lanka’s Civil War”, NORMA – International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 11(3), pp.139-157.
  • Schubert, A. (2016). “Thrice Removed: Kuveni and the Epistemic Insecurities of Colonial Translation” Nivedini – Journal of Gender Studies, 21, pp.37-64.
  • Schubert, A. (2016). ““Meh Uthumwu Dehaya”: The Necropolitical Aftermath of January 8th”. Polity, 7(1), pp. 24-31.
  • Schubert, A. (2016). “The Fantasy of Our Detachment: Racism and Complicity in Vijith Nuwan’s Silgath BilloPolity, 7(1), pp. 64-65.
  • Peiris, P. & Schubert, A. (2016). A Continuing Democratic Encounter: Surveying Sri Lanka’s Post-war Trajectory. Colombo: Social Scientists’ Association (ISBN: 978-955-0762-38-5)
  • Schubert, A. (2013). “What’s So Great About Data? A Call to Re-Examine the Relationship between Science and Society”, Economic and Political Weekly XLVIII (52), 17-19.
  • Schubert, A. (2013). Victorious Victims – An Analysis of Sri Lanka’s Post-War Reconciliation Discourse. Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies
  • Schubert, A. (2012).Thela Bedala: Examining the Culture of Student Violence within a State University in Sri Lanka” in Dialogue, The Journal of the Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue, Sri Lanka, New Series XXXIX, 259-294.
  • Schubert A. (2012). “Learning to Swim in the Deep End: A New Teacher’s Thoughts on the Culture and Pedagogy of the ELT Classroom” SLELTA Quarterly, 11(1), pp. 20-24.

Presentations

  • Schubert, A. (2020). “The Demands of Dutiful Subjects”: Colonial Education and Governmentality in Ceylon at the Turn of the 20th  Century. Open University Research Sessions 2020, Colombo.
  • Schubert, A. (December 2019). Birthday Eka Mehemanang, Wedding Eka Kohomada?: Chandimal Jayasinghe and the Queer Landscapes of Popular History. 2nd International Research Symposium of the University of Visual & Performing Arts, Colombo.
  • Schubert, A. and Medawattegedera, V.V. (October 2019), Diverse Directions: Some Contemporary Developments in University English Language Teaching (ELT). Open University Research Sessions 2019, Colombo.
  • Schubert, A. (October 2019). Enduring Identifications?: Examining Durabilities of Colonial Identifications in Post-war Sri Lanka. Writing Sri Lanka: Futures Past, Pre-Conference Symposium at the 48th Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
  • Schubert, A. (August 2019). Symposium on the People of the Lion Debate: Conceptual and Methodological Implications. Naming and Labelling Collective Identifications Over Time: Conceptual, Methodological and Political Implications Workshop organized by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, Colombo.
  • Schubert, A. (June 2019). “Sahabhagithwayai Wadagath”: A study on discourses of civic participation through Facebook  memes circulated during the 2018 Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka. Humor and the Performance of Power: Anxiety, Laughter and Politics in Unstable Times Conference organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo and the Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi, Colombo.
  • Schubert, A. (December 2018). Sahabagithwayai Wadagath: Social Media Memes in the Wake of a Political Crisis. International Research Symposium of the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Schubert, A. (August 2017). The Demands of Dutiful Subjects: Mapping ‘Moderate’ Calls for Reform from London to Ceylon at the Turn of the 20th Century. The 2017 Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, London, United Kingdom.
  • Schubert, A. (August 2017). From Nationality to Race: The Epistemological and Political Stakes of the Arunachalam-Denham Debate. American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies Workshop on “Untangling the Present and Past in Historical Writing” Colombo.
  • Schubert, A. (April 2017). Demanding, Debating, Defining, Determining: Democracy, Education, and Negotiation in Ceylon at the Turn of the 20th Century. Mountstuart Elphinstone and the Mediation of Global Forces and Local Agencies: Colonial Knowledge, National Histories and Public Higher Education in South Asia Conference in Mumbai, India.
  • Schubert, A. (November 2016). “A Fragment in the Centre”: The Importance of P. Arunachalam’s 1901 Census. Department of National Archives, Monthly Lecture Series.
  • Schubert, A. (October 2016). Pitakotuwa dang Pitarata Wagey: Development, Hegemony and Critique in Post-war Sri Lanka at the Cultural Anthropology & the Environment Panel of the International Conference on the Humanities organized by the University of Kelaniya.
  • Schubert, A. (April 2016). “Thrice Removed: Kuveni and the Epistemic Insecurities of Colonial Translation in Sri Lanka” at the “13th Annual Graduate Literature Symposium,” Department of English, Kansas State University, USA.
  • Schubert, A. (July 2015). “The Future Today: Social Media, Astrology, and the January Presidential Election.” Sole Presenter, Social Scientists’ Association, Sri Lanka.
  • Schubert, A. (February 2015). “Return Eka Ganna One”: Mobility, Difference and ‘Illegal’ Immigrants in Uberto Pasolini’s Film Machan at the “18th Annual Kansas University Film & Media Graduate Symposium,” Kansas University, USA.
  • Schubert, A. (November 2014). Pitakotuwa dang Pitarata Wagey: Development, Hegemony and Critique in Post-war Sri Lanka at the “Sri Lanka Otherwise? Resituating Topography and Temporality: 2014 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference,” Stanford University, USA.
  • Schubert, A. (October 2013). Youth as a Way of Being at the “A Way of Being Young: How Today’s Young People Struggle for Identity,” Café Event organized by the Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka.
  • Schubert, A. (July 2013). Poster Boys: Masculinity and Visual Culture in Sri Lanka’s First Post-War Election at the “War and Peace: Visual Narratives from Contemporary Sri Lanka” academic conference, Sri Lanka.
  • Schubert, A. (May 2013). The Problem of the Archive and the Ethics of Reconciliation in the Dotcom Age at the “Ethical Futures” Conference organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka.
  • Schubert, A. (February 2013). Victorious Victims – An Analysis of Sri Lanka’s Post-War Reconciliation Discourse at thePost-War Futures” Workshop organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka.
  • Schubert, A. (December 2012). The Biography of a Form: Interrogating Choice in Sri Lanka’s First Post-War Census at the “Third Law and Social Sciences Research Network Conference”, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Schubert, A. (January 2012). Seeing Double? : Contesting Visions of Reconciliation in Post-War Sri Lanka at the in “Youth Voices in Post- War Sri Lanka: Challenges Aspirations and Opportunities for Transformation – The Young Researchers’ Forum.”
  • Schubert, A. (November 2011). Reconciling the Voices of the Ravanayana: Experiences of War and Sustainable Reconciliation in Sri Lanka at the “12th Annual Research Symposium. Kelaniya: Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.”
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